Californians remain deeply split over NFL players’ protests against racial inequality and police brutality during the national anthem at games, a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll has found.
More Californians seemed to oppose the protests than support them, and certain racial and partisan groups have fervent opposing beliefs about whether players should kneel while the anthem is playing, according to the poll. It found 38% opposed and 33% supported, just within the margin of error.
The online survey of 1,504 eligible voters in California was conducted from Oct. 27 through Nov. 6 and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Now, the results are muddier. This year’s poll found just 34% of Californians believed the protests are improving the debate over policing and race and 37% believed they’re distracting. Thirty percent now believe the protests neither improved nor distracted from the discussion.